The defendants, who started on trial on January 7, are a Pakistani man and a Thai woman who operated a massage parlor, with the victim as a collaborator.
They are in preventive detention, being accused of coauthoring one crime of murder and another of desecrating a corpse.
According to the prosecution, both “killed the so-called Thai collaborator, after which they cut the corpse to pieces, beheaded it and put at least the head in the freezer”, in facts located between December 28, 2018 and March 7, 2019.
After the homicide, reports the case, “they disposed of the corpse pieces, leaving their heads in a plastic bag, inside or next to a container placed on the beach of Leça da Palmeira beach”, in the municipality of Matosinhos, district of Porto, where it was found around 10:00 am on March 7, 2019, according to reports made at the time by a source from the Matosinhos / Leça Fire Department.
About a month later, on April 5, the Judiciary Police (PJ) detained, as the alleged perpetrator of the crime, the 52-year-old Thai massage therapist. On August 15 of that year, the PJ announced the arrest of a suspect of the material authorship of the qualified homicide and the desecration of a corpse.
In a statement then released, the Northern Directorate of the PJ explained that the 32-year-old man was detained “on the border of Turkey with Greece” and is a Pakistani citizen to whom the victim worked, who “was absent” from Portugal “ as soon as the woman’s head appeared ”.
The victim’s homicide and beheading are related to an alleged debt of the defendant to the victim of 10,000 euros, “which she insisted on paying off,” according to the PJ.
A judicial source told Lusa that the ruling is scheduled for 9:30 am at the Central Criminal Court.